Ayurveda and Beauty !

 

In a time when beauty is often equated, in many cultures, with a "fair" complexion or a fashionably thin figure or the shape of the nose, it is interesting to look back to a time when beauty was defined in holistic terms, and beauty was within every woman's reach. Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old healing system from India, has a unique perspective on beauty.

Holistic and all-encompassing, the ayurvedic definition of beauty reads thus — "Roopam, gunam, vayastyag, iti shubhanga karanam." According to ayurveda, there are three pillars of beauty. Roopam is outer beauty — personified by shining, healthy hair and a clear, radiant complexion. Gunam refers to inner beauty — the beauty that shines from within, characterized by a warm, pleasing personality and innocence of mind and heart. And vayastyag means lasting beauty — looking, and feeling, younger than your chronological age. 

Roopam does not specify a type of figure or the color of the skin or the length or style of the hair. Outer beauty, according to ayurveda, is a reflection of good health — good digestion and healthy eating habits and lifestyle. 

 Ayurveda also emphasizes herbal supplements as aids to beauty: a supplement to help keep the skin clear through the purification of the blood; or one to internally balance the moisture and elasticity of the skin; or one to pep up the functioning of the liver. An ayurvedic dermatologist might recommend herbal combinations for any of these, or related purposes for internal and external application.

Sleep is second only to diet, according to ayurveda, to achieve and maintain true beauty. The body needs rest in order to rejuvenate itself. Modern research is finding out that sleep deprivation has a very adverse impact on health and well-being, but ayurvedic practitioners knew it centuries ago. Quality of sleep is as important as quantity. Here are:

Ayubliss tips for getting your beauty sleep

     Go to bed before 10 p.m. Staying up much beyond that can impact the quality of rest you get.

     Start your day with a full-body massage with an herbal or aroma massage oil before shower/bath.

     Drink a soothing cup of herbal tea before bed. 

     Don't take your work into your bedroom.

     Focus on calming activities as bedtime draws near.

     Take a relaxing warm bath a couple of hours before bed.

     Slip a sachet of dried lavender under your pillow.

     Eat a light meal at dinner, at least 2-3 hours before bedtime.